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Experience a Course with Yale in the Summer

Our application is now open. 

YSS admits students on a rolling basis. As soon as courses are filled, they are closed to further enrollments.

Studying at Yale gives students a newfound appreciation for their academics and forges friendships that will last a lifetime.  Students come to Yale Summer Session to:

  • earn credit toward their major and fulfill requirements for their degree
  • explore a new field or topic
  • focus intensely on one particular subject
  • study with Yale faculty
  • prepare for the challenges of highly selective colleges

Tip: Choosing a Yale Summer Session Course

  • Some courses have pre-requisites.  To enroll, your transcript must show that you have the met the pre-requisite(s).
  • Course numbers do not necessarily indicate the level of the course. If a course has no pre-requisites, it is open to any student.
  • Some courses are not open to high school students. Check course descriptions.
  • There is a two course limit per session

Pin: Course Syllabi

Use the link below to reference available syllabi, please do not use the links in the course descriptions. 

2021 Course Syllabi

Auditing

Auditing is permitted in select online courses only. More information for course auditing can be found on the online course information page.

Summer 2021 Courses 

Note: The Chemistry labs (S134, S136, S222, S223) and ART S130 may also offer an in-person option for Yale students who will be living on or near campus if the public health situation permits. Details of the in-person option will be communicated to students enrolled in those courses closer to the start of the summer.

Use the search function below to view courses offered online this summer. 

Please review important information about online courses.

Summer 2021 Dates

Date: Session A:
June 7 - July 9, 2021

Session B:
July 12 - August 13, 2021

Our application is now open. 

Contemporary Brazilian Fiction

LAST S250 (CRN: 30368)

Online course. An introduction and study of contemporary Brazilian fiction. We will read seven short novels from Clarice Lispector to the present, touching on the condition of workers and women, memory, identity, and family life, Brazil’s diverse cities and regions and social values. Prerequisite: None. Enrollment limited to 17 students. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session B: July 12 - August 13. (View syllabus)

Beginning Latin: The Elements of Grammar

LATN S110 (CRN: 30104)

Online Course. Introduction to Latin. Emphasis on morphology and syntax within a structured program of readings and exercises. Prepares for LATN 120. No prior knowledge of Latin assumed. 1 1/2 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session A: June 7 - July 9. (View syllabus)

Beginning Latin: Review of Grammar and Selected Readings

LATN S120 (CRN: 30105)

Online Course. Continuation of LATN 110. Emphasis on consolidating grammar and on readings from Latin authors. The sequence LATN 110, 120 prepares for 131 or 141. Prerequisite: LATN 110 or equivalent. 1 1/2 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session B: July 12 - August 13. (View syllabus)

Classical Mythologies

LITR S164 (CRN: 30053)

Online Course. A study of the mythological stories of Greek and Roman gods and heroes. The literary forms and historical contexts of classical mythologies will be studied, along with the reception of these myths in various media (including painting, music, and film). Emphasis will be placed on the uses and meanings of myth in culture. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session A: June 7 - July 9. (View syllabus)

Age of Cathedrals

LITR S177 (CRN: 30254)

Course cancelled. Online Course.A study of the great Gothic cathedrals of the High Middle Ages in France—Saint Denis, Notre Dame Paris, Chartres, Sainte Chapelle, Amiens, Reims--in the context of historical, literary, and philosophical works by Peter Abelard, Abbot Suger, Rutebeuf, Saint Bernard, Joinville, Thibaut de Champagne, Pseudo-Dionysius, Marie de France, James of Voragine, Guibert de Nogent, and the anonymous Song of Roland, fabliaux, and courtly lyric. Core consideration of gothic design (structure, sculpture, stained glass), urban and economic renewal, and intellectual, social, and religious life of twelfth- and thirteenth-century France. Conducted in English. Applicants choose FREN, HUMS, or LITR credit. Enrollment limited to 17 students. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session B: July 12 - August 13. (View syllabus)

Belle Epoque France

LITR S240 (CRN: 30251)

Online Course. A study of important works of literature, painting, sculpture, architecture, music, and the decorative arts in turn-of-the-century France (1870-1914). This course will acquaint students with the principal literary and artistic forms, social trends, political movements, scientific theories, and technological innovations of the Belle Époque, with special attention to Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, Art Nouveau, Dadaism, Cubism and authors Émile Zola, André Gide, Marcel Proust, Guillaume Apollinaire, Guy de Maupassant, Stéphane Mallarmé, Colette, Henri Alain-Fournier, Jules Barbey d’Aurevilly, and Georges Feydeau. Conducted in English. Applicants choose FREN, HUMS, or LITR credit. Enrollment limited to 17 students. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session A: June 7 - July 9. (View syllabus)

The Logic of Dreams

LITR S311 (CRN: 30096)

Online Course. The nature, history, and possible meanings of dream experience, with reference to Sigmund Freud's Interpretation of Dreams. Works from film and literature about dreams and dreaming, as well as major texts in dream theory. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85.  Tuition: $4,500. Session B: July 12 - August 13. (View syllabus)

The Problem of Evil

LITR S318 (CRN: 30106)

Online Course. Examines the problem of evil in three major literary texts from the Renaissance to our own time: Milton's Paradise Lost, Shelley's Frankenstein, Rushdie's Satanic Verses. How the idea of an omniscient, benevolent god can coexist with the presence of suffering in the world; whether evil exists or whether it is an aspect of human behavior and choice; and what we can do to train ourselves to combat evil and suffering. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session B: July 12 - August 13.

Calculus of Functions of One Variable I

MATH S112 (CRN: 30107)

Online Course. Limits and their properties. Definitions and some techniques of differentiation and the evaluation of definite integrals, with applications. Use of the software package Mathematica to illustrate concepts. No prior acquaintance with calculus or computing assumed. 1 Credit. Technology fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session A: June 7 - July 9. 

Calculus of Functions of One Variable I

MATH S112E (CRN: 30163)

Online Course. Limits and their properties. Definitions and some techniques of differentiation and the evaluation of definite integrals, with applications. Use of the software package Mathematica to illustrate concepts. No prior acquaintance with calculus or computing assumed. Enrollment limited to 20 students. 1 Credit. Technology fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session B: July 12 - August 13.

Calculus of Functions of One Variable II

MATH S115 (CRN: 30108)

Online Course. A continuation of MATH 112. The definite integral, fundamental theorem of calculus, techniques of integration, polar coordinates, Taylor series, applications. Prerequisite: one term of calculus of functions of one variable (MATH 112 or equivalent). 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session A: June 7-July 9. (View syllabus)

Calculus of Functions of One Variable 2

MATH S115E (CRN: 30164)

Online Course. A continuation of MATH 112. The definite integral, fundamental theorem of calculus, techniques of integration, polar coordinates, Taylor series, applications. Prerequisite: one term of calculus of functions of one variable (MATH 112 or equivalent). Enrollment limited to 20 students. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session B: July 12 - August 13.

Introduction to Functions of Several Variables

MATH S118 (CRN: 30109)

Online Course. Calculus of functions of several variables, with some linear algebra. Intended for students in the social sciences, especially those majoring in Economics. Prerequisite: one term of calculus of functions of one variable (MATH 112 or equivalent). Yale students may not take this course after MATH 120 or 222. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500.  Session B: July 12 - August 13.

Calculus of Functions of Several Variables

MATH S120 (CRN: 30313)

Online Course. Analytic geometry in three dimensions, using vectors. Real-valued functions of two and three variables, partial derivatives, gradient and directional derivatives, level curves and surfaces, maxima and minima. Parametrized curves in space, motion in space, line integrals; applications. After MATH 115 or with permission of instructor. May not be taken after MATH 121. 1 Credit.  Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session B: July 12 - August 13.

Linear Algebra with Applications

MATH S222 (CRN: 30314)

Online Course. Matrix representation of linear equations. Gauss elimination. Vector spaces. Linear independence, basis, and dimension. Orthogonality, projection, least squares approximation; orthogonalization and orthogonal bases. Extension to function spaces. Determinants. Eigenvalues and eigenvectors. Diagonalization. Difference equations and matrix differential equations. Symmetric and Hermitian matrices. Orthogonal and unitary transformations; similarity transformations. Students who plan to continue with upper level math courses should instead consider MATH 225. After MATH 115 or equivalent. May not be taken after MATH 225. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500.  Session B: July 12 - August 13. (View syllabus)

Discrete Mathematics

MATH S244 (CRN: 30315)

Online Course. Basic concepts and results in discrete mathematics: graphs, trees, connectivity, Ramsey theorem, enumeration, binomial coefficients, Stirling numbers. Properties of finite set systems. Recommended preparation: MATH 115 or equivalent. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500.  Session B: July 12 - August 13. (View syllabus)

Biochemistry

MB&B S200 (CRN: 30292)

Online Course. An introduction to the biochemistry of animals, plants, and microorganisms, emphasizing the relations of chemical principles and structure to the evolution and regulation of living systems. Prerequisite of BIOL 101 or equivalent; one term of organic chemistry; or with permission of instructor. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session B: July 12 - August 13.

Cell Biology

MCDB S205 (CRN: 30110)

Online Course. A comprehensive course in cellular and molecular biology. Emphasis on general principles of cell function and rationale and design of pertinent biomedical experiments. Prerequisite: BIOL 101 and BIOL 102, or BIOL S105, or permission of the instructor. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session A: June 7 - July 9. (View syllabus)

Biochemistry

MCDB S300 (CRN: 30374)

Online Course. An introduction to the biochemistry of animals, plants, and microorganisms, emphasizing the relations of chemical principles and structure to the evolution and regulation of living systems. Prerequisite of BIOL 101 or equivalent; one term of organic chemistry; or with permission of instructor. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session B: July 12 - August 13.

Neurobiology

MCDB S320 (CRN: 30122)

Online Course. Introduction to neuroscience, divided into 3 course modules: 1) Cellular neurophysiology, addressing the excitable properties of neurons and the function of synapses, 2) Systems neurobiology, examining neural circuits as they relate to the functional properties of the nervous system, with each system that is addressed examined in detail, and 3) Neural development and plasticity, examining the cellular and molecular mechanisms governing neural development, plasticity, and the establishment of memory. Prerequisites: introductory course in biology (BIOL 101-104) and at least 1 semester of college chemistry, or permission of instructor. A course in physics or its equivalent is also recommended but not required. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session A: June 7 - July 9. (View syllabus)

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